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Hindon cleaning: U.P. told to furnish ₹5-crore performance guarantee

Discharge of sewage and industrial effluents in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar is leading to pollution in Hindon, says NGT.  

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹5 crore for failing to take steps to clean the Hindon river.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said: “In view of serious failure of U.P. so far and alarming situation of pollution of the river that is affecting public health, we find it necessary to require furnishing of performance guarantee…”

Further, it asked the State government to implement the action plan prepared within six months, failing which the amount will be forfeited.

“The Chief Secretary may personally look into the issue of availability of potable water to the affected inhabitants,” the Bench said.

A committee appointed by NGT, in its report recommended implementation of the action plan as per the timelines provided. Further, the committee said various departments, authorities, and officers involved had a “lackadaisical approach”.

Coming down heavily on the State government, the green panel said: “We place on record our displeasure for the attitude of U.P. as found in the report. We direct that U.P. may file its action taken report in the manner…” The committee also said discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar is leading to pollution in the river.

Show cause notices

“It found that prosecution was initiated against 118 non-complying industries. Orders for closure were passed against non-compliant industries out of which 28 orders were revoked or suspended. Show cause notices were also directed to be issued to some of the polluting industries,” the Bench noted.


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